Bishop’s Stortford MP bats for government in financial debate

Bishop’s Stortford MP bats for government in financial debate

Jesse Norman (46217069) Mr Norman said the Budget had three key objectives: first, to protect jobs and livelihoods and provide additional support to get businesses through the pandemic; secondly, to be clear about the need to fix the public finances; and thirdly, to lay the groundwork for “a robust and resilient future economy”.

The Finance Bill, he said, would enact the changes to taxation that support all those objectives. She said businesses in her constituency welcomed the Government’s Covid 19 support in the Budget including extension of the VAT cut, the business rate holiday and restart grants and she believed the bill also included the right combination of policies to enable long-term, sustainable economic growth.

Julie Marson, MP for Hertford and Stortford (46216974) She said: “It gives us the pitch that we need, as the economy’s groundsman, to withstand the bouncers and the strength to knock the ball out of the park—well over the boundary—for the future. I commend the bill and look forward to seeing its results on the ground, particularly in Hertford and Stortford.”

“We have the crucial job of ensuring that the players—consumers and businesses—have the right pitch that they can play on to create that growth and prosperity. There is no doubt that we are playing on a really tough wicket at the moment, so we have a really tough job on our hands as that groundsman, but I think the bill rises to that challenge.” Mrs Marson, who formerly worked in banking, said: “What I see in the bill is an understanding that it is not Government’s role to create growth and prosperity. Government does not create wealth or growth—consumers and businesses do that. We, like a groundsman, have the crucial job of preparing the pitch for our players.

Source The bill was read a second time after 358 votes in favour and 262 against.

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